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University Records Access and Use Policy

Special regulations apply to accessing official University administrative records. Administrators and staff in offices that have created University records will continue to have access to these records after they are transferred to the custody of the University Archives. Access to official University records in the University Archives by other researchers is governed by the Regulations Governing Access to Official Records of the University of Chicago in the University of Chicago Archives. During any period of research restriction for designated University records, no access to the restricted material is permitted by the University Archives without the prior written approval of the Secretary of the University, Provost, dean, director, chair, or other authorized University officer.

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All requests for Special Collections materials to be consulted in our reading room are made through our electronic request system.

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Prepare for your visit

The Special Collections Research Center is open to researchers from around the world. We welcome faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago and visiting researchers. Since many of the materials are rare or unique, readers are expected to treat all materials with care to avoid loss or damage and to follow these guidelines.

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